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Jourdain returning to Indianapolis 500

2013-04-23T20:00:00Z 2013-05-06T21:45:14Z Jourdain returning to Indianapolis 500The Associated Press The Associated Press
April 23, 2013 8:00 pm  • 

INDIANAPOLIS | Michel Jourdain Jr. will return to the Indianapolis 500 with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.

The team announced Tuesday that Jourdain will drive the No. 17 Honda with sponsorship from Office Depot Mexico. The team will field three entries in the 500.

Jourdain finished 19th in last year's race driving for Rahal.

Jourdain and Rahal have been victorious together in the Champ Car Series, in 2003 at Montreal and Milwaukee.

Jourdain was the youngest driver to start a Champ Car race when he competed at Long Beach at 19, and he went on to make 152 starts in CART and Champ Car from 1996 through 2004.

He also ran the 1996 Indy 500, qualifying eighth and finishing 13th.

Jourdain also competed sporadically in NASCAR's second-tier Nationwide Series from 2005 through 2008.

A changing of the guard: The IndyCar Series has long been dominated by three powerhouse teams, leaving those outside Andretti, Ganassi and Penske fighting for scraps.

Rarely has there been even an opportunity for someone else to steal a surprise win or share a portion of the spotlight. Then came Sunday and a podium full of unfamiliar faces at the prestigious Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Takuma Sato became the first Japanese driver to win an IndyCar race, a victory that ended an 11-year losing streak for A.J. Foyt Racing and the first on a street or road course for the organization since 1978 when "Super Tex" himself was behind the wheel at Silverstone.

Second went to Graham Rahal, who left Chip Ganassi Racing at the end of last year for the shot to be a No. 1 driver for the first time in his career. His opportunity is at Rahal Letterman Lanigan, the team owned by his father that just returned to full-time IndyCar competition last year.

And it was Justin Wilson rounding out the podium in a car fielded by Dale Coyne Racing, a team that didn't bother to announce its driver lineup until after the first practice of last month's season-opening race at St. Pete. The team has had its share of sloppy mistakes since bringing Wilson on board last season, and Long Beach was no exception: Wilson never made a qualifying lap because the team failed to get an approved wing on his car in time for him to get on the track.

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